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dc.contributor.authorXu, Xuchuen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:50:34Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:50:34Z
dc.date.issued1994en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30952
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dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a study of the "Congregational way" in England as briefly presented by the "five dissenting brethren" in the Apologeticall Narration (1643/4). It sets out to analyse how the "congregational" impulse in Elizabethan and Jacobean puritanism, the Congregational propaganda in New England, and the Congregational experiment and liberal thought in Holland concurred to bring about the Congregational churches in the England of the 1640s and 1650s. The introduction presents the full historical milieu or context that produced the dissenting brethren's apologia. The first chapter deals with the Congregationals' view of church membership and their debate with the Presbyterians on the admission issue. The second chapter assesses their attitudes towards the state and the mainline churches (the Church of England and Reformed Churches) and examines their church worship and ministry. The third chapter looks at their view of church government or discipline and their debate with the Presbyterians on church order. The fourth chapter investigates their protological and eschatological understanding of the church. The final chapter explores their belief in the soteriological significance of churchmanship; this is followed by the analysis of their theory of religious toleration, which had its origins in Holland, and their "denominationalism". The conclusions of the above chapters concerning the tenets and roots of the Congregational way are drawn together in the general conclusion, in which there is also a brief survey of the rise of the Congregational churches in the England of the 1640s and 1650s, and a short discussion of the impact of the apologia on both Cromwell's religious policy in England and Locke's theoretical defence of religious toleration.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
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dc.subjectAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
dc.titleA study of An Apologeticall Narration (1643/4): with particular consideration of the contributions of Elizabethan and Jacobean puritanism and New England and Dutch congregationalism to the rise of the "congregational way" in England in the 1640s and 1650sen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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